A new, lengthy piece by Gabriel Sherman in this week's New York magazine about the current struggles at NBC news reminds us of one thing: Matt Lauer might be very good at playing himself on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but he is still a jerk in all the ways many network personalities are.
Exhibit everything, as Sherman describes Lauer's reaction to attempts made by News chair Patricia Fili-Krushel to improve Today's ratings, which are still lagging behind GMA following Ann Curry's exit from the show:
Producers began to grumble that Lauer was preventing Today from evolving. When Fili-Krushel proposed installing a troika of female producers to oversee the show, Lauer and Guthrie nixed the plan. "This is like Lilith Fair," Lauer complained to a senior producer, according to a source, referring to the '90s all-female rock festival.
TOO MANY WOMEN.
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